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The Love of Family

Co-founder and Vice President Kim Eckenroth, MS, APRN, FNP-C, often writes devotionals for our staff. We thought you might also appreciate them, so […]

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Conserving Energy

People with congestive heart failure (CHF) often tire easily, especially if they exert themselves. In CHF, the heart is swollen […]

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Embarrassing Behaviors

What do you do when sweet Mom starts cursing angrily? When straitlaced Dad makes off-color remarks?   In persons with […]

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Bathing and Dementia

Bathing brings many discomforts. Bathrooms can feel cold and drafty when a person is wet. And running water can be […]

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Mackenzie recently shared this with us. She is a welcomed member of the Gentle Shepherd family!

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Signature strength: Calm

Many of us admire people who have the gift of remaining calm. Calm as a signature strength is the ability […]

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Preparing for a safe return

No one can keep an eye on another person 24/7. Even in the most vigilant household, a loved one with […]

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The Empty Bowl

Co-founder and Vice President Kim Eckenroth, MS, APRN, FNP-C, often writes devotionals for our staff. We thought you might also appreciate them, so […]

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How to discourage wandering

It is natural to fear that a loved one with dementia may wander. Indeed, 60% of people with Alzheimer’s do […]

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2019 Medicare improvements

Here’s some good news to start the year! In 2019, we’ll see improvements in coverage across the major Medicare plans. […]

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The power of sleep

When your schedule gets tight, is sleep one of the first things to go? According to the experts, that’s all […]

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A new year reflection

After the hubbub of the holidays and in the darkest nights at year’s end, nature seems to beckon us to […]

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Preventing Burnout

Burnout is more than stress. And it isn’t just undesirable. It’s a risky condition. The consequences of burnout include emotional […]

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The Sweetest Gift

Praying for our friends and families who have lost a loved one this year. May you find comfort in this […]

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Stress or Burnout?

Most of us know it when we’re stressed. We talk about it, and we talk about needing to do something […]

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Winter Weather Preparedness

Time to prepare your home, car and family for the season’s first snow. Patients: please call us if you have […]

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Gifts for Older Adults

What to get for the “chronologically gifted?” The age-friendly ideas below address the special interests or concerns of persons in […]

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Exercise and COPD: an oxymoron?

Does Mom say she feels too weak to exercise? Does Dad run out of breath just walking down the street? […]

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The Resilient Life

Co-founder and Vice President Kim Eckenroth, MS, APRN, FNP-C, often writes devotionals for our staff. We thought you might also appreciate them, so […]

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Grandfather of Gentle Shepherd nursing assistant is only living Tuskegee Airman in WV

Honoring the grandfather of Timmea Wolfe, CNA The Tuskegee Airmen were African American military pilots who served their country diligently […]

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Savoring good experiences

Sharing happy experiences, like sharing a good meal, warms and strengthens friendships and family bonds. There are other benefits to […]

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Grandfather of Gentle Shepherd nursing assistant is only living Tuskegee Airman in WV

Honoring the grandfather of Timmea Wolfe, CNA The Tuskegee Airmen were African American military pilots who served their country diligently […]

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When your parent drinks too much

Alcohol is a sensitive subject. Consider asking your parent’s doctor or a respected friend to initially bring up the subject. […]

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Late-life veterans’ issues

If the person you care for is a combat veteran, you may not have heard much about those experiences. You […]

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Signature Strength: Courage

In the tradition of “positive psychology,” we encourage family caregivers to know and use their signature strengths. These personality traits […]

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Preparing for Cold and Flu Season

Did you know that 60% of people with flu symptoms leave the house during their illness? Furthermore, 70% of them […]

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Making the home safer

Most hazards around the home are obvious once you are made aware of them. But they are easily overlooked in […]

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Preparing for Hip or Knee Replacement

If your loved one is slated for joint surgery, don’t underestimate the impact. Expect that he or she will have […]

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Life Can Change in a Moment

Job 8:9       “Our days on earth are like a shadow.” Last week, there was a long traffic jam […]

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Signature Strength: Wisdom

Each of us has strengths . . . and, well, areas that could use improvement. As a family caregiver, you […]

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Does Mom have a drinking problem?

Alcohol use is on the rise among older adults. And it’s not easy to spot. Many of the signs resemble […]

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Balance exercises to prevent falls

If remaining independent is a goal for your older relative, bringing some balance to his or her life is essential—balance […]

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Update on preparation for Hurricane Florence

Gentle Shepherd is still following the progression of Hurricane Florence and continue to prepare to meet any patient needs that […]

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Plans Continue for Hurricane Florence

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Preparation Underway for Hurricane Florence

The National Hurricane Center is advising the mid-Atlantic region to monitor the progress of Florence.  Gentle Shepherd Hospice leadership met […]

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Reducing the risk of falling

Has your mother fallen recently? She’s not alone! One out of four adults 65 and over experiences a fall each […]

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Opioid addiction and serious illness

Morphine, hydrocodone, fentanyl . . . with the opioid crisis in our country, it can be scary to hear that […]

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Is it Alzheimer’s?

When your father struggles to remember a grandchild’s name, should you be concerned? Older adults typically have some memory loss. […]

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Finding Root

by Kim C. Eckenroth MS, APRN, FNP-C Vice President for Patient Care Services   The LORD is my rock, my […]

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In Our Words — God Had Plans for Me

By Denise Smith, Gentle Shepherd Hospice Services Representative I came to Gentle Shepherd Hospice at a time in my nursing […]

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A Matter of Perspective

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Menagerie of Life

by Kim Eckenroth Vice President of Patient Care Services, Gentle Shepherd Hospice   Meet Lillian and Lilly… the “Lucky Ducks” […]

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Meet Mr. and Mrs. Bailey

When Mr. Bailey proposed to his girlfriend, Sharon, almost 30 years ago, the two decided to not “rush into things.” […]

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